Casey Rogers, a 3-star defensive end, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday. He committed to the Huskers on Jan. 16 after taking an official visit to Lincoln, Neb.
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Rogers also had offers from programs like Vanderbilt, California, Indiana and Ole Miss, and plenty more. He also visited Alabama and Ohio State, but neither program offered him.
Originally set to play lacrosse for Syracuse, Rogers eventually opted to instead pursue a college football career. Making the decision a little more difficult? Rogers’ dad coaches for the Syracuse lacrosse team.
“It just shows I love football,” Rogers told Land of 10. “I think I had a problem when I thought about how I wouldn’t be able to play football after high school. I couldn’t get over that … When I thought about it, I was like ‘You know what, I would be a lot more comfortable giving up lacrosse for the next four years.’ Because my dad’s a coach, and I know the lacrosse community will always be in my life. I know I couldn’t pass down the opportunity to play big-time Division I football. Obviously here I am now, committed to one of the best football programs in the nation.”
Weight: 250 pounds
Hometown: Avon, Conn. (Old Farms)
Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 4 player in Connecticut, No. 50 defensive end in country
Committed: Jan. 16, 2018
How he fits in: At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Rogers has great size for Nebraska. He also has great growth potential at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Rogers is also a disruptive player who has a similar playing style to fellow defensive end commit Tate Wildeman. The two will be nice book ends for the Nebraska defense over the coming years.
Player evaluation: “The best of Nebraska’s current front-seven recruits? Given that Rogers is a four-year player while linebacker Will Honas is at Nebraska for only two years, it’s possible, yes. Rogers, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, is a high-level defensive end with giant hands and above-average athleticism who perfectly fits the Big Ten mold. While Rogers, a year out of high school, is theoretically “closer” to his ceiling than a high school kid, it makes no difference; consider it a redshirt year. In his 20-minute Hudl film, Rogers looks a player annually on Wisconsin’s roster. This is a great find.” — Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald